Gah. The Golden Globes. If you don’t like frocks, and can’t bear self-indulgent speeches thanking God, long-dead parents, a dog etc, you’d be forgiven for not giving the telly even the slightest glance this lunchtime. Except that is, for Ricky Gervais.

The future's looking bright!

Yep, the Brit funny man who made working in a drab back office in a west-London suburb hilarious, could save the Golden Globes. And all earnest, glamour-loving Americans. From themselves.

Tonight will be Ricky’s third time hosting the champagne and taffeta-fuelled, red-carpet fiesta. But after managing to offend nearly everyone in Hollywood last year, this year’s invitation surprised many.

Wondering what all the fuss is about?

Well, there was this on Angelina Jolie: “You can be in the Third World and you get a glimpse of a Hollywood star and it makes you feel better. You can be a little Asian child, with no possessions, no money - but you see a picture of Angelina Jolie and think, “Mummy!’”

And this, on Charlie Sheen: “Wow, so let’s get this straight… so what he did was, he picked up a porn star, paid her to have dinner with him, introduced her to his ex-wife - as you do - went to a hotel, got drunk, got naked and trashed the place while she was locked in a cupboard, and that was a Monday. What does he do on New Year’s Eve?”

Funny right? You bet. But not according to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who banned Gervais from ever returning. Ever. Until they reneged that is.

In a rare display of American willingness to laugh at themselves, Hollywood decided to invite Gervais back in November last year. But not before scolding him for being a “very naughty boy”.

Most people with a sense of humour have no problem finding Gervais funny. Frankly Hollywood is lucky to have him. The only question this year is what he can do that will top it (stay tuned for the update on that). Yep, Gervais makes the whole Golden Globes worth watching. Without him we’d probably be stuck with Ryan Seacrest. Now there’s NOTHING funny about that.

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    • sir ronald bradnam says:

      11:08am | 16/01/12

      The funniest one was .... and now Ahston Kuchars Dad, Bruce willis….......Im still laughing at that and all the others RG is the funniest. Oh and the people that laughed the most were the black comedians,actors and rap stars etc…probably because they havent got their heads up their arses like a lot of those other pretentious twats there.

    • acotrel says:

      02:13am | 17/01/12

      Kyle Sandilands = the next Ricky Gervais ?

    • Kay Coates says:

      11:12am | 16/01/12

      Yes I am wondering what all the fuss is about!
      The UK journalist, Andy Kershaw sums it up far better than I ever could;

      “Ricky Gervais has been on the television news tonight smirking and sneering about his “targets” when he hosts the Golden Globe Awards later this evening. I hope, then, that the alleged comedian can take it as well as dish it out. Because, Ricky old chap, you are one of my targets. You are not in the least bit funny, yet you compound that glaring inadequacy by finding yourself hilarious. What you imagine is your side-splitting humour is - habitually - casual cruelty, usually directed at the vulnerable and defenceless. I’ve been keeping an eye on you for some years now, hoping to spot what it is that keeps getting you hired, either to clog up domestic television output or to be feted by Hollywood. (It is, indeed, a mystery). I’ve been patient and open-minded. But I’m obliged to conclude that you are the embodiment of the phenomenon of the emperor’s new clothes. You are tedious, self-satisfied, tiresomely ubiquitous, deeply unfunny, a cheap little bully and so comprehensively talentless that your spectacular mediocrity is itself an achievement - your only one.”

    • sir ronald bradnam says:

      11:25am | 16/01/12

      Well Kay I dont know Andy Kershaw or you but I would hazard a guess that Any is a sky fairy believer and uses RG beliefs as a Non believer in sky fairies to write crap like that. His humour and delivery are supurb which makes him one of the cleverist and most loved comedians on the planet.

    • DH says:

      11:37am | 16/01/12

      Yep, teasing those poor vulnerable defenceless actors. Seriously, I don’t understand how we can let him get away with this? The bastard.
      We should set up a charity for them or something.

      In other news, Ricky Gervais is very funny most of the time. Which is probably more than can be said for UK journalist Andy somethingorother.

    • Steve says:

      11:48am | 16/01/12

      Wow. Congratulations for taking a post and article that has absolutely nothing to do with religion and turning it in to an ignorant, bigoted religion bash. While we’re on the topic of humour, if you really want to mock religion then the whole ‘sky fairy’ thing is neither original or humourous. It just makes you look like a tool.

    • Mitch says:

      11:52am | 16/01/12

      Come off it. This is THE guy that co-wrote and was unbelievably funny in the The Office and Extras. Then he can be credited for The Office USA which is about a 1000% funnier and more successful then the original. Have you watched his live shows? Gervais is a genius. He is up there with Kings like Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David.

    • sir ronald bradnam says:

      12:04pm | 16/01/12

      Dont ever criticise a sky fairy believer aye stevie boy all the nutters will run to their defence.
      Yep I do mock religion as I dont understand how anybody with a brain in their head can believe in the concept of a supernatural dictator, I also make no aplogies for my beliefs as I am sure you dont either. each to his own and chill out a bit mate its just an opinion.

    • Matt says:

      12:07pm | 16/01/12

      Andy Kershaw couldn’t be wrong, in so many cases.

      Firstly, he thinks Ricky Gervais is not funny. Humour is subjective. Since the vast majority of the world do seem to find him not only funny - but down right hilarious - I would say there is an issue with your sense of humour. Bit of a case of ‘I’m not different! The rest of you are’

      Secondly, how is he targeting the defenceless… I’m sure Johnny Depp used his millions to cry himself to sleep the night of the 2011 globes.

      Thirdly, Ricky Gervais is one of the most highly acclaimed comedian/actors going around at the moment. His only achievement is mediocrity? So far from the truth…

    • TheRealDave says:

      12:07pm | 16/01/12

      Andy Who?

    • Lynne says:

      12:55pm | 16/01/12

      You can’t be serious.  This is Holywood forgodssakes.

    • Tubesteak says:

      12:59pm | 16/01/12

      The Office was one of the most brilliantly satirical creations in modern history. It makes Dilbert look pale in comparison.

      The subtlety and wit displayed in the UK version (never seen much of the US version so can’t comment) should be studied for it’s intricacy, intelligently interwoven themes and general humour.

      It is all-round brilliance. It never tried to go over-the-top to make a joke. It relied on the characters and ordinary situations and was funny on several levels for many different reasons.

      That RG was one of the creators speaks to his brilliance.

      The fact that he’s now hosting another dull awards ceremony and having to tone down the jokes may mean he’s off the boil. He can do so much better.

    • S says:

      01:13pm | 16/01/12

      haha Kay Coates has head-up-ass syndrome. Ricky G is the best. If you don’t get it I feel sorry for your sad and sorry life.

    • Yuri says:

      01:50pm | 16/01/12

      @Mitch

      The US version is definitely much better than the UK one. Don’t get me wrong, both are incredibly funny, but the entirety of the UK version revolves around “here is a awkward boss, look at all the awkward situations he can get into with his co-workers”. The US version has much more variety and depth, although is probably now pushing the temporal limits.

      No doubt, some hipsteresque fanboy will comment on how “the original is better”, or “I liked the Office before it was made in the USA”.

    • Ando says:

      02:28pm | 16/01/12

      Yuri,
      And a bigger budget.  The US version has definitely found its feet but I still cant go past the UK version. Of course this is opinion, definitive statements are ridiculous.

    • Yuri says:

      03:20pm | 16/01/12

      @Ando

      Damn. I forgot my standard disclaimer - “All comments by Yuri are the opinions of the person that bears that name, and are not representative of the beleifs of the broader society”.

      Following on from previous post:
      In its first season, the US version tried to emulate the awkwardness that characterised the UK version, with moderate success. The US version then diverged from the original by introducing broader and less controversial comedic methods. The increased focus on peripheral characters (other than the boss) provided the content necessary to continue the series for another 7 seasons.

      As a general comedy, my opinion is that the US version is much more enjoyable and ‘accessible’ to a greater proportion of people. The UK version is more of a niche show.

    • TheRealDave says:

      03:22pm | 16/01/12

      The US version is a great show, but it did take a while to find its feet. The UK version was just pure class from the get go and only ran for a short time. The US version has had the luxury of 8 years to extend out and develop most of their characters out…..with the obvious exception of a few….more Creed bitches!

    • John says:

      11:15am | 16/01/12

      Hollywood is a Marxist front. It’s purpose is to discretely manipulate, shape and brainwash the minds of it’s viewers for the international marxist cause. It’s no surprise that congress about 50 year’s ago had to order in an investigation. Now with crypto Marxist Obama in power, it’s all full red steam ahead. Every time i turn the television on i can feel the marxist penetration into my brain. Total mind rape.

    • mary says:

      11:23am | 16/01/12

      They have certainly been doing a bad job of it for the past 75 years. better to let them proceed.

    • Erick says:

      11:27am | 16/01/12

      I blame Tony Abbott.

    • Bertrand says:

      11:27am | 16/01/12

      Pure Gold ! I love it!

    • amy says:

      11:28am | 16/01/12

      John….

      GO AWAY…no one cares about your crazy ramblings..I was inclined to think your a troll…but your so persistant Im begining to think you really are crazy

    • John says:

      11:55am | 16/01/12

      I’m so brilliant, i found another commie conspiracy.

      “The commercials are for making capital to fund communism and the movies and the shows are communist propaganda. It’s a pretty clever system, using capitalism to fund communism. They are brilliant! ”

    • Mark says:

      12:04pm | 16/01/12

      If they’re a marxist front they’ve been making old Carl roll in his grave. Hollywood is the face of Westernisation and thus, Capitalism and Democracy. If Hollywood is Marxist, I am Brad Pitt

    • Troy Flynn says:

      12:14pm | 16/01/12

      John, is your surname McCarthy? You must be one of his descendants from the hysterical rantings in the post above. Didn’t you know there aren’t any “Reds under the Bed” anymore? I bet you’d love to bring back the trials for hollywood actors again.

    • RyaN says:

      12:14pm | 16/01/12

      @Mark: “If Hollywood is Marxist, I am Brad Pitt ” That’s just what they want you to think. :-0

    • Warren says:

      12:31pm | 16/01/12

      I always loved the Marxist Brothers!

    • Mark says:

      12:38pm | 16/01/12

      If Hollywood were marxist, America would have had a counterpoint from within it’s own culture with which to control the Capitalist Movement. If Hollywood were Marxist we may not have the exported Americanised version of “Democracy” that we have now. America, bound by balanced opinions internally, would be likely to realise that neither system is perfect, rather than deciding that Communism was 100% evil and proceeding to destroy any other ideals firstly, in the public minds Secondly, militarily And thirdly, economically. If Hollywood were Marxist, my opinion is that America would not have been involved in a war in the second half of the 20th Century. Name any war that has involved the USA and I can guarantee it originates from the American ideology that Democracy is a human right and is the only way a civilian population can be free from oppression. It is not even the best way to govern, let alone a right of every single human life.

      Is that enough for you, Ryan?? “They” want everyone to buy into their propaganda, it’s still an individual choice. “They” just make it harder to do the right thing.

    • Erick says:

      12:52pm | 16/01/12

      @“Mark” - Nice try, Brad.

    • Craig of North Brisbane says:

      01:22pm | 16/01/12

      You forgot to mention that it’s started the careers of noted commie-Marxists Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Arnie, and of course Captain Stalin himself, Ronald Reagan!  Thanks for blowing the lid on the conspiracy!

    • fairsfair says:

      11:30am | 16/01/12

      “Funny right? You bet. But not according to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who banned Gervais from ever returning. Ever. Until they reneged that is.”

      Only because they realised they were the only ones who thought it was unfunny. No doubt genuinely surprised to see that everyone else thought it was hilarious.

      Love how they will sell even themselves out for ratings, considering they initially thought his performance was tantamount to killing kittens.

    • amy says:

      11:30am | 16/01/12

      Hollywood?

      I watch movies..anything in between I wouldnt know..I couldnt think of anything I care less about

    • Andrew says:

      01:09pm | 16/01/12

      So why do you comment?

    • subotic says:

      09:42am | 17/01/12

      Like, exactly amy, after all, Hollywood doesn’t make, like, those silly “movie” things.

      Blonde, right?

    • SydneyGirl says:

      11:38am | 16/01/12

      The whole awards ceremony hoopla stinks. Never mind some “controversial” host and created controversies around these hosts.  Its all boring as hell and utter tripe. Of course yes shouldn’t bother to read posts on things I don’t care about.  But one keeps posting in the vain hope that the voices of naysayers may result in these events being buried in the back pages.

      @John,  I don’t watch Hollywood related stuff because it feels like the ultimate shiny, shallow capitalist mind screw. I don’t know what you are watching - or consuming while watching.

    • John says:

      11:53am | 16/01/12

      The commercials are for making capital to fund communism and the movies and the shows are communist propaganda. It’s pretty clever system, using capitalism to fund communism. They are brilliant!

    • Mark says:

      12:55pm | 16/01/12

      @John- Do you even know what communism is? To what end would “They” do this? What could be achieved by hiding a communist society under the guise of a capitalist one? Why would you spread communist ideals when you have fought wars against it and pretty much eradicated the pure version of the theory from the face of the earth? You just don’t make sense

    • John says:

      02:21pm | 16/01/12

      Mark

      Military Industrial complex, warmongering, creating fictional enemy’s, invading for stock shares. Remember when the allies won WWII, they allowed Stalin to have Poland. When the very reason for the war was German so called aggression against Poland. It’s also excuses to place military base’s around the world.

      But what I’m referring to is more of intellectual marxist, were the people are being brainwashed slowly to the marxist cause.

    • TheRealDave says:

      03:26pm | 16/01/12

      How can we be ‘slowly brainwashed to the Marxist cause’ when we have Dear Leader Rupert on our lives?

    • Mark says:

      03:46pm | 16/01/12

      None of those are theoretical characteristics of communism and if that is your opinion, I could say all of those and give evidence of the same, for America. The Allies allowed Stalin to have Poland because, guess what, he had half a million troops stationed there. Do you think he was going to give it back nicely?? America still has 60,000 troops in Japan since WW2 and 100,000 in South Korea since the Korean War.. What do you actually think they are? If not warmongering, greedy proponents of an outdated and unfair system. The current state of the world is not based on any outdated political theory, but greed. America just calls it Democracy.

    • Pommie Pete says:

      11:38am | 16/01/12

      I’m always amazed at how any films etc etc get made. There are so many awards to attend - how do they fit “work” in?

    • stephen says:

      04:35pm | 16/01/12

      Work ?
      Ha.
      It’s only work when actors stand around with nothing to do whilst Tommy Lee Jones - I think it was - took 2 and a half hours to place a s&p shaker in the table, just where he wanted it ... now that’s when it’s work

    • nossy says:

      11:41am | 16/01/12

      Ricky is a natural Lucy - smart and witty, up to date and just the man to do the job - and a little controversial. And he likes a drink. Heres Ricky at the 2011 Golden Globes.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvHXzP2SpLA

    • nihonin says:

      12:35pm | 16/01/12

      What no link to a Tony Abbott youtube video nossy, you’re slacking
      off there, old mate.

    • Markus says:

      11:46am | 16/01/12

      Hollywood actors are self-absorbed, egomaniacal phonies.
      The HFPA’s decision to allow Gervais back is definitely not a display of the Hollywood elite’s willingness to laugh at themselves, but a pathetic attempt to try and deny their own reality to themselves.

      While Gervais’ show will unlikely top the last one, I will still find much amusement watching the crowd applaud and laugh in faux-approval, none of them wanting to be the one to admit that they don’t like their imperfection pointed out to everyone.

    • The righteous one says:

      10:21am | 17/01/12

      ratings, pure and simple.  Most of them would not know to pucker their anus if there was a wind blowing up it

    • Wayne Kerr says:

      12:16pm | 16/01/12

      If anybody here doubts that Ricky Gervais is funny, watch this clip from his latest show which has Johnny Depp as a cameo who Gervais apprently “insulted” at last year’s awards ceremony.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnSCkpHGqz0

    • Tchom says:

      12:31pm | 16/01/12

      I think it’s a cultural thing. Americans celebrate their tall poppies and elevate them to god-like heights where as the British celebrate cutting them down (sometimes I think the only reason they still have a monarchy is to take the piss out of them). I think its a healthy exercise to keep celebrity egos in check, even if it does mean letting Gervais inflate his

    • SydneyGirl says:

      12:44pm | 16/01/12

      That’s true. But the Brits are cruel and their tabloids vicious leaving one with the feeling that there is a bit of self hate at work. That and being on a small island must not help.

      Perhaps we have a more healthy piss take on celebs.

    • Tchom says:

      01:15pm | 16/01/12

      Yeah, that’s true. British tabloids have turned character-assassination into an art form

    • Auger says:

      12:35pm | 16/01/12

      Can’t stand anything that comes out of Hollywood for years now. It’s either all CGI computer rubbish, tired sequels or pointless remakes. Even the well received movies are uninspired (Avatar? Pffft, I liked it better when it was called Dances with Wolves).

      If you want to see a time when Hollywood was actually good, go watch Taxi Driver or The Godfather.

    • Markus says:

      01:07pm | 16/01/12

      Sturgeon’s Law (roughly summarised): 90 percent of everything is crap.

      Both movies you have listed are great, but there was just as much tired crap being released by Hollywood around the times of their releases as there is now.

    • tom says:

      01:15pm | 16/01/12

      .. Or anything by Guy Ritchie.

    • Ohcomeon says:

      01:45pm | 16/01/12

      There are many brilliant movies released every year.

      Stop waiting for television to tell you which ones to go and watch or youll never see them.

    • Me, Me , Me says:

      12:35pm | 16/01/12

      They only got him back cause no-one wants to watch this Hollywood farce and they want the ratings to make all the drones watch the rubbish they call movies these days. Its utter egotistical shit and I wouldn’t bore myself with it.

    • Kika says:

      12:40pm | 16/01/12

      It’s not only Gervais…  But the entire British Isles. Can’t even bothered watching a single American TV show or movie these days. the UK is where it’s happening now./

    • NZ says:

      12:44pm | 16/01/12

      He’s a deadset legend!  And you’re absolutely correct, hollywood is very lucky to have him.

    • Master says:

      12:54pm | 16/01/12

      I am a massive Podcast, Office and Extras fan but Gervais’ humour is getting more and more tiresome, Through his consistent use of Karl pilkington (we get it he’s uneducated) to his humour now consistently based upon the scenario of being in an awkward situation with a celebrity time to pack it in and live off the interest.

    • Phil of 8Mile says:

      01:42pm | 16/01/12

      I think the main reason he was originally banned by the Foreign Press Assoc was because he had a direct swipe at it during last year’s show. To which the president or fuhrer or whatever came back with “don’t ask us for publicity on your next film”. Great stuff and great sense of humour. Ratings must have won in the end.

    • Farken says:

      03:17pm | 16/01/12

      The Golden Globes should be called the constipation awards because as far as i know no one gives a s*it about them

    • Soames says:

      03:28pm | 16/01/12

      There’s a big difference between being a typecast character in The Office and other productions, and another standing up in front of a captive audience of artists, using sarcasm, the lowest form of wit, and insulting, in real life, his fellow actors and artists.  Very strange behaviour for a bloke with an honours degree in philosophy.

    • thatmosis says:

      03:49pm | 16/01/12

      My question is, why? Why do they have all these award nights for so called actors whom are mostly overpaid line readers anyway. Do we have award for the best plumber or carpenter or dentist, not that i know of but for some reason unknown to most we have to have these series of award noghts to bolster the egos of a few “actors”. Are they so fragile that the millions they get for making a picture isnt enough that they must give each other prizes that mean absolutley nothing except a chance to say “thank you, thank you very much” to a theatre full of their own kind. Im waiting for the award night for the best acceptance speech by an actor. That should be something to see, NOT.

    • Rossco says:

      03:54pm | 16/01/12

      The media has committed epic fail on this. Where was the uproar from actors, who was offended by what he did? No one was. Yet again and again the media say he caused an uproar and offended many. Some news stories report to Robert Downey Jrs comments to suggest that he was offended - but it was nothing more than Downey using subtle humour to poke back at Gervais. He didnt really offend anyone maybe apart from a few Scientologists. They’ll get over it.

      Some people replicated this misinformation from the media and also said that he offended or failed in his awards ceremony - eg. James Franco saying Gervais bombed at the 2011 awards (Alas Franco bombed miserably at the Academy Awards).

      So again a big deal was made over nothing in typical media fashion.

    • shelby says:

      06:20pm | 16/01/12

      He is a real character Ricky, I feel that he was alot more toned down this year, or maybe celebs tried harder to avoid becoming comic fodder at events like this. Ricky is good for the show, keeps everyone on edge rather than bored by the formulaic, playing it safe presenters of past.

    • Paul says:

      07:25am | 17/01/12

      “In a rare display of American willingness to laugh at themselves…”

      Typical cliched nonsense…  Anyone ever heard of self-deprecating shows such as South Park, or films such as Talladega Nights?  If you’ve ever seen a Comedy Central celebrity roast you would know that Gervais’ slams are tame by comparison…

    • subotic says:

      08:51am | 17/01/12

      Vale Greg Giraldo…..

    • subotic says:

      08:39am | 17/01/12

      Burn Hollywood, burn….

      Take down Tinseltown!!!

 

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